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NSF Grant Uses Macrosystems Approach to Determine Fate of Great Plains Wetlands Species


Distance matters. When a pond vanishes, the creatures who live there must find new homes. How far frogs, salamanders and ducks must travel to find other wetlands determines their fate. Through a $2.1 million National Science Foundation Grant,...
20-Oct-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Demand High for Engineers in Midwest


Engineering students preparing to take their sheepskin and depart into the world of change orders and service requests are finding no shortage of companies wanting to take their resumes. A record 105 companies manned booths that overflowed the...
10-Oct-2014 12:00 PM EDT

Hill Training Benefits Distance Runners


Most running magazines contain articles endorsing hill training for serious long distance runners, “but there was virtually no research to support it,” explained Derek Ferley, education and research coordinator at Avera Sports Institution. As...
2-Oct-2014 6:25 PM EDT

October Blizzard in Midwest Not Attributable to Climate Change


When the October blizzard hit western South Dakota, neither man nor beast was prepared. Amid changing climate conditions, what can we expect this year? Using climate modeling techniques, scientists from South Dakota and Idaho found no consensus...
29-Sep-2014 1:00 PM EDT

Increasing Nitrogen-Fixing Capacity of Soybeans


By manipulating the molecular mechanisms that regulate soybean nodules formation, assistant professor Senthil Subramanian hopes to develop soybeans that are more efficient in making nodules and fixing nitrogen. The South Dakota State University...
26-Sep-2014 5:00 PM EDT

Using Genetic Screening to Improve Korean White Wheat


Korean white winter wheat is particularly susceptible to preharvest sprouting, according to Dae Wook Kim, a scientist at National Institute of Crop Science in Suwaon, South Korea. Working with molecular biologist Jai Rohila at South Dakota State...
19-Sep-2014 11:40 AM EDT

NSF Scholarship Program Helps Fill Need for Math, Science Teachers


A nationwide shortage of science and math teacher puts rural Midwestern states in an even tougher position. “Finding qualified teachers has often been challenging for small schools, but now larger districts are also having problems,” noted...
10-Sep-2014 9:10 AM EDT

Ecologist Stresses Importance of Wetlands, Grasslands in Midwest


Wetlands may be the least understood ecosystem, but their value is immense, according to Distinguished Professor W. Carter Johnson of the South Dakota State University Department of Natural Resource Management. “Anything that affects them will...
5-Sep-2014 4:50 PM EDT

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Turkish Professor Returns Home, Works with 'University Within Schools' Program


Two South Dakota State University professors in pursuit of strengthening their global perspective headed more than 5,500 miles east from their Brookings home to Istanbul, Turkey. A yearlong sabbatical leave, spent in Hande Briddick’s home...
17-Oct-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Breeding Soybeans That Can Tolerate Heat, Drought


Hot, dry conditions can wreak havoc on a field of soybeans. Assistant professor Jai Rohila of the South Dakota State University Biology and Microbiology Department is uncovering the molecular mechanisms that lead to drought and heat tolerance. This...
17-Oct-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Why Early-Stage Breast Cancer Survivors Opt for Mastectomy


Why did 43 percent of 1,093 South Dakota women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer surveyed choose mastectomy rather than lumpectomy? “According to research evidence, survival rates are considered equal,” noted Nancy Fahrenwald, dean of...
16-Oct-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Making a More Voluptuous Loaf of Bread


Two college students from Toulouse, France, completed a 10-week internship milling wheat and researching how to expand the loaf volume of bread. Elodie Payrau and Floriane Bouchet are agronomy food science and management students in their second...
14-Oct-2014 11:00 AM EDT

How Beavers Have Affected the Ecosystem at Voyageurs National Park


Felling trees, building dams and creating ponds—beavers have a unique ability to alter the landscape in ways that are beneficial to other organisms, according to South Dakota State University professor Carol Johnston of the natural resource...
9-Oct-2014 5:15 PM EDT

Bioinformatician Helps Biologists Find Key Genes


It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. Scientists searching for the gene or gene combination that affects even one plant or animal characteristic must sort through massive amounts of data, according to associate professor Xijin Ge of the...
7-Oct-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Wildfire Expert Available to Comment on California, Oregon, Washington Blazes


15-Sep-2014 6:10 PM EDT

‘The Devil Is in the Details’: Documenting Carbon Sequestration in Borneo


It’s that time of year again—the dry season in southeastern Asia when smoke and particulates from Indonesian peat swamp fires on the island of Borneo drift across to neighboring countries. Indonesia is trying to reduce carbon emissions, but...
28-Aug-2014 4:20 PM EDT

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